The industrial services provider Bilfinger has secured EUR 40 million (USD $45.48 million) worth of contracts from several Greek maritime shipping companies to fit out at least 42 vessels with scrubbers in the past few weeks, it says.
The maritime shipping companies commissioning the work were Maran Tankers, Anangel Maritime, Delta Tankers, and Marmaras Navigation.
“More and more enterprises are becoming interested in environmental technologies – now on the water as well,” says Tom Blades, CEO of Bilfinger.
“We have decades of experience with flue-gas desulphurisation, and we are now carrying our know-how over to the high-seas shipping industry.
“Deploying our ‘Made in Germany’ technologies will allow us do our part to help ensure that ships comply with the new thresholds and that the sea air remains clean.”
According to Bilfinger, the surge in scrubber orders were due to shipowners looking for solutions to meet the upcoming 0.5% sulphur cap for marine fuel which will be implemented by 2020.
The firm expects the development to affect roughly 50,000 vessels.
“These contracts serve as excellent references and will open doors to additional projects in the maritime sector,” says Michael Löffelmann, Executive President of the Engineering & Technologies division.
“Given that scrubbers are a practically competition-free product whose cost can be depreciated over one to two and a half years, we expect to see vigorous demand for our solutions.
“The many new orders in our book also validate the approach we have taken to transpose our unique expertise in the field of industrial plant and equipment to other growth sectors.”
Photo credit: Bilfinger SE
Published: 17 August, 2018
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